July can be summed up in three letters....HOT. It has been warm lately on the Treasure Coast and we can expect more of the same in August. With temperatures reaching the 90's on any given day, you must plan and prepare for each voyage on the water. Simple things like drinking lots of fluids and wearing a hat and sunglasses are important things to remember. Early mornings or late evenings will be the best times to enjoy the fishing and beat the worst of the heat. Stay safe and have fun out there!
We continue to have a good bite with a variety of fish on the river. Trout have been biting on the grass flats on DOA shrimp or live bait. Our redfish have come from under the mangroves or docks lately. You can find snapper all over the river with some nice size mangroves available around the docks and bridges on live or dead bait. Mackerel and jacks have been hanging in the turning basin of Fort Pierce feeding on the glass minnows. Snook fishing around the jetties has been good for night or early morning anglers. As more bait filters into the river, look for the bite to continue to improve.
I recently had Michael and Colt on the boat for the first Treasure Coast Caster Tournament of the new school year. It's always lots of fun with the kids and they are very competitive in the tournaments. This is their first season in the senior division and they were very excited about competing! After a fun morning of fishing, the boys were ready for the weigh in. Michael took third place in the middle school division and Colt placed second and also had big fish for the tournament. Kaitlyn Ward took first place in her first year in the big leagues and Savannah Ward took top honors in the High School division. If you have kids or grandkids that love to fish.....contact Cammie Ward at 772-201-5773 for information about the Casters and get those kids involved. You can find them at www.treasurecoastcasters.org and also on Facebook.
MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION
1st Place - Kaitlyn Ward - Fairlawn Elem. - Ft. Pierce - 60 points
2nd Place - Colt Krischke - Lincoln Park - Ft. Pierce - 45 points
3rd Place - Michael Rochedieu - St. Anastasia - Ft. Pierce - 15 points
HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
1st Place - Savannah Ward - Westwood High - Ft. Pierce - 30 points
BIGGEST FISH went to Colt Krischke for his 2lb. 3oz. sheepshead. Along with his goodie bag and trophy he received at gift card to the Fishing Center that was donated by Pat & Gwen.
Be careful out on the water in August. Plan for hot days and afternoon thunderstorms. Get out early mornings or late evenings. Have fun and enjoy the fishing on the Treasure Coast!
Remember, as always, fishing is not just another hobby……it's an ADVENTURE!
Captain Charlie Conner
The recent Treasure Coast Caster Tournament